yEd is a free and effective alternative to MS Visio.
Visio is a great program for process mapping but it’s expensive and hard to learn. If you want something that is just as good if not better than Visio, then you should be looking at yEd.
You might not have heard of yEd. The company that makes it, yWorks, could do a better job of marketing it. Admittedly, like all software, yEd has a few little quirks. However, you can work around most of these by resetting the defaults.
yEd for Process Mapping
I use yEd in my process consulting work daily. My clients like it because of the price, as well as the features. Sadly, there are no decent tutorials focused on using it specifically for process mapping. What guides there are, are basic and far too general.
So, I decided to create my own video tutorials. Originally, I intended to give them just to my clients. I get a lot of requests for software reviews so I decided to make them available to everyone.
Like yEd, they are free. All I want in return is your feedback.
Free yEd Process Mapping Video Tutorial Course
Here is an outline of what I cover:
- Downloading & Installing yEd
- Basics of the user interface
- Configuring yEd
- Creating a process map from a photo of a whiteboard session
- Adding decisions to a process map
- Connecting things up
- Finishing touches
- Printing and exporting
I am also planning a series on more advanced topics like using yEd to create interactive process maps for an intranet. (So you can finally get rid of all those dusty ring binders with your process maps that nobody ever reads).
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Don’t forget, part of the deal is that you take a moment to send me your feedback and hopefully offer a little constructive criticism.
If you like them, please comment. It’s a lot of work to do these and I would be glad to know if you think it’s worth it.
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